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Poster: northstar dead Date: Mar 13, 2009 4:59am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: studio versions

I have been jamming and dancing with Lexie, almost 4 months old now, to different artists and tunes. One c.d. we have been enjoying is Shakedown Street.

Although the album as a whole is ok, the Shakedown is fantastic, as I am re-discovering.

Any other studio versions that you fancy?

I don't know about you, but I am seriously ready for spring and this freakin snow to be gone..

Cheers

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 13, 2009 5:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

love Eyes studio - just has such a nice smooth groove. studio Scarlet has always struck a chord with me as well along with Cassidy (Ace)
Also, basically the whole Workinmans Dead release - pretty well engineered for back then.

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Poster: jglynn1.2 Date: Mar 13, 2009 5:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

The whole Blues for Allah - me and my friend pretty much wore that album out back in high school - I might have to go out and buy the disc as I haven't listened to that album in over 25 years

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Poster: dogsinapile! Date: Mar 13, 2009 7:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I enjoy most of the pre-hiatus studio material. It seems that after that they were doing albums only to satisfy the man, not as any creative outlet for themselves. That's not to say that Warner Brothers wasn't getting a piece of the pie from the earlier stuff, but the guys were also doing it for themselves. Listen to the sonic explorations on Aoxomoxoxa or the precision of Workingman's Dead or American Beauty. Also the few albums they did for their own label were motivated by more than just satisfying the contract. Anyway, after the hiatus the gems from the studio were few and far between (i.e. Shakedown Street) and some albums flop entirely (i.e. Go To Heaven).

But some of the tracks on the earlier albums are just sublime... Eyes Of The World, China Doll, Crazy Fingers, High Time, Friend Of The Devil, Morning Dew, Weather Report Suite, etc.

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Poster: staggerleib Date: Mar 13, 2009 10:31am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Again, I find myself stuck somewhere in the minority.

I love the studio releases. Usually they're a tighter arrangement, more structured and streamlined. Due to the timing limitations of vinyl, they needed to condense as much as possible into as little time as possible. That being said, The Dead were The Dead, and they really never rushed anything.

I also love Blues for Allah, and Terrapin Station, because I feel that they'd achieved as a unit something very few artists do, and that's the ability to create exactly what they heard in their heads. The music sounded just like they wanted it to.

However, the Workingman's Dead and American Beauty duo really knock me out. They appeal to me so viscerally. When they released the remastered 5.1 DVD's of these, it opened up a new world of depth as well. There are harmonies I'd never been able to hear, and instrumentations that were completely lost in the original mixes. I believe that Mickey was responsible for the remastering on them. Truly astounding.

I'd like to add here that the Cats Under the Stars release is one I go back to often. I just love the groove on Rhapsody in Red, as well as that amazing Reuben and Cherise. GREAT Stuff.


This post was modified by staggerleib on 2009-03-13 17:31:42

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Poster: northstar dead Date: Mar 13, 2009 2:31pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I hear you with the Cats, I never get tired of that one.

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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Mar 13, 2009 5:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I know that I'm in the minority, but I like most of their studio stuff. Can't go wrong with WOTF or Mars Hotel as far as I'm concerned.

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Poster: stilldead77 Date: Mar 13, 2009 5:14am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Off there, Good Lovin strikes up a very good vibe with me, mostly because it reminds me of childhood, growin up around older Heads.

For a bonus or just something diff, check out the box set version with L. George singin it. Shame he was too messed up to bring that cd to life.

I also like Shakedown on there.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Mar 13, 2009 5:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

i really like the first studio recording and built to last every onnce in awhile.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Mar 13, 2009 5:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

i really like the first studio recording and built to last every onnce in awhile. plus ace and jerry's studio stuff

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Mar 13, 2009 7:49am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I like the studio Unbroken Chain, I love the whole first album, but my all time favorite studio cut is the Mason's Children contained here.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd70-workingmans-outtakes.sbd.7319.sbeok.shnf

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 13, 2009 10:50am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Morning Dewd, you are SO right about that Mason's - the best ever! The "Tastebud" is pretty good too.

I too love the first album, and Workingman's. The studio "Eyes" is just as good as mentioned above, and I revere the studio "Dark Star"...all three minutes of it! (found on the 'expanded' Live/Dead or on "What a long strange trip it's been").

I also want to add that I have never heard a live version of "Truckin'" that I liked, but the studio version is (rightfully) a smash...

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Mar 13, 2009 11:33pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I think the studio version of Candyman is my favorite. I was just listening to the 5.1 DVD Audio of American Beauty the other day and that song, and the studio version of it gets me every time. That pedal steel guitar and those harmonies...wow!

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2009 7:24am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

High Time is the one for me. Jerry always said he couldn't sing it "right" but I liked his approach.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 14, 2009 9:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Speaking of pedal steel, can any live performance of "The Wheel" match the transcendent magnificence of the pedal steel solo on the "Garcia" album version? NO.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2009 10:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

No, you cannot.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 14, 2009 12:07pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I just listened to it again....wow. I know why it's the last track on the album, you need time to get back to your body before you can listen to anything else. :)

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Poster: Bob Gnarley Date: Mar 14, 2009 12:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I love that (all too brief) scene in the Dead movie where the skeleton is riding through the desert, as The Wheel begins.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 14, 2009 12:40pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Oh Yeah! Gets the movie going on the right foot...

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2009 12:49pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Crap--I just realized the solo effot is 72, isn't it? Oh well, as I always said, I only listen to LIVE DEAD prior to 72. I make exceptions for studio material...

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 14, 2009 2:52pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

It might be '72, but a lot of those songs had been around for awhile. It's not a typical studio album anyway, from the electronic experimentation on side two to the cover art ("Garcia" was the first album cover I ever had with a nekkid girl on it: woo-hoo!).

"Ace" seems more designed as the commercial effort of the two "solo" efforts from that era (plus it has the whole band on it). I was just looking at the QUASI-nekked Lady Luck on the cover of "Ace", and I never noticed before that she is carrying a left-handed monkey wrench (or that Hunter, not Barlow, wrote the words to GSET, for that matter). :)

This post was modified by Styrofoam Cueball on 2009-03-14 21:52:51

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 14, 2009 2:23pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions Bob needs a "bro"

Nekkid girl!??

Damn, I told my mom that was Bob Weir...and she believed me.

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Poster: whirlwind dreamer 65-95 Date: Mar 14, 2009 2:35pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions Bob needs a 'bro'

here it is !! http://tralfaz-archives.com/coverart/W/weir.html

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Poster: Morning Dewd Date: Mar 14, 2009 2:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions Bob needs a 'bro'

I like the way Donna is credited for "the chick vocals".
It's almost as cool as Jerry's credit for "insect fear" on Rolling Thunder.

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Poster: SkyDawg Date: Mar 14, 2009 12:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Sad day when Jerry stopped playing that pedal steel. Some of Jerry's best studio work featured it. Examples abound, like The Wheel but some other favorites were his pedal steel work on Crosby's song "Laughing", CSN&Y's "Teach Your Children" and NRPS "Dirty Business".

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 14, 2009 2:08pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

And Jefferson Airplane's "The Farm!" :)

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Poster: cosmic charlie dupree Date: Mar 13, 2009 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

To my ear, the studio versions of Terrapin Station and Estimated Prophet were never matched live.

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 13, 2009 8:28am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I am a huge studio fan. And of course, earlier the better. Beauty and Work are stand alone gems but Aox and the First are also high on my rotation.

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Poster: user unknown Date: Mar 13, 2009 9:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

A spot on analysis, Sir William.

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Poster: direwolf0701 Date: Mar 13, 2009 9:42am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

please do not stroke his ego. it is akin to feeding wild animals at the zoo.



:)

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Poster: William Tell Date: Mar 13, 2009 12:20pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: just like a chimp

Did you know I can collect rocks and plan ahead?

And you thought my rage was a spontaneous reaction. Ha!

In this context, it's probably like what Rob does when he saves my posts knowing full well that I will contradict myself in the near future and he can "whip them out" and make me look bad.

Not a tough job, really.

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 13, 2009 1:26pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I like Don't Ease Me In and the Garcia album, as well as many mentioned. Also, Garcia's solos in the last 2 albums could be very good, esp Throwing Stones.

It was very succint and note perfect. Fit the Reagan era perfectly, heroin and all. I still can't get some older Deadheads to listen to it -- but hey they don't get to know Althea either.

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Poster: Styrofoam Cueball Date: Mar 13, 2009 1:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I like the guitar solo in "Touch Of Gray" as well, although on the 45 they cut it down a little...

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Mar 13, 2009 2:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Studio CRAZY FINGERS

is still my all time favorite. Have yet to hear a live version that can touch it....closest is the "One from the Vault" version of 8/13/75 but even that fails to convey the deep reggae groove they achieve in the studio version.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Mar 13, 2009 4:58pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

yeah, Crazy Fingers is great, throw in Scarlet Begonias and They Love Each Other off of Reflections...

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Poster: spacedface Date: Mar 13, 2009 6:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

I like Jerry's vocals in Crazy Fingers -- very smooth and nuanced.

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Poster: dirtybuck Date: Mar 13, 2009 6:36am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: studio versions

Fire on the mt.